Motorcycles with smaller engines are ideal for riding on backroads and taking onto trails. They’re also good choices for beginner and intermediate riders who are still working on the development of their skills. They’re an excellent stepping stone to help prepare for larger bikes. These smaller bikes are popular as recreational vehicles and currently, they’re available in a fairly broad range of choices. Here are the 10 best 125 cc motorcycles that money can buy.
10. Yamaha MT-1259
The Yamaha MT-125 is available in a naked version called the R125. Outstanding features of the bike include a stylish central LED headlight, variable valve time, an inverted LCD dash, slip/assist clutch, an improved seat, and a wider rear tire. The MT offers more standard features. It averages 90 mpg in fuel economy with a range of 200 miles on a full tank. The seat is 31.9 inches in height and the total curb weight of the MT is 309 pounds.
9. Lexmoto Venom
The Venom is the best-selling Lexmoto model with a single cylinder 124 cc engine and a top speed of 65 mph. This bike is inexpensive and it comes loaded with creature comforts including speakers mounted on the top of the fuel tank, an MP3 player with FM radio, and a fuel economy of 80 mpg. It has a range of 250 miles on a full tank. The seat is 30.3 inches in height and the bike is fairly lightweight at 318-pound curb weight.
8. Sinnis Terrain T125
The Terrain T125 is Sinnis’ adventure-style motorcycle, which is hard to find these days. This is a bike that just keeps getting better with a new 6-speed gearbox, dual cable throttle, upgraded battery, and a top speed of 60 mph. It’s intended to be used as a commuting bike for making the short trip to and from town.
7. KTM Duke 125
KTM’s Dukk 125 is an edgy bike from an aesthetic perspective. The TFT dash stands out in the crown with attractive stylishness and a unique LED headlight design with LED lights throughout. The brakes are decent but the power is the most outstanding feature with a top speed of 70 mph, which is exceptional for the 125 cc class of motorcycles. This bike is a bit spendier than average, over twice the price of the Venom, but it’s fast and nice to look at.
6. Suzuki GX-R125
The Suzuki GX-R125 may not be the most attractive sports bike in the 125 class, but it is modernized. It comes equipped with keyless ignition an easy start system and a stacked LED headlight. The 124 cc engine is one of the fastest 125x on the road with a top speed of 85 mph and fuel economy of 90 mpg with a range of 220 miles on a single tank of gas. The seat height is 30.9 inches and the wet weight of the bike is a mere 295 pounds.
5. Suzuki GSX-S125
The GSX-S125 is not quite as fast as Suzuki’s R125 model, but this model is a bit less expensive. It also features the keyless ignition and easy tart system with a standard fork. The top speed is an impressive 85 mph with a fuel economy of 90 mpg. It gets up to 220 miles on a bank of gs. The seat is 30.9 inches in height and the wet weight of the bike is a little less at 293 pounds. This version was first released in 2017
4. Honda Monkey 125
The Honda Monkey is a moderate-price motorcycle in the 125 class that offers the same beloved styling of the Z50J monkey bike in the Honda Grom platform. It’s one of the more popular choices with customization options that go through the roof. This bike has a top speed of 65 mph with an amazing fuel economy of 120 mpg. The range is a bit low at 150 miles on a full tank. The seat height is 30.6 inches and the wet weight of this bike is a low 236 pounds.
3. Lexmoto LXR 125
The LXR is an affordable bike that gives you a lot of eye candy for the cash. It’s a sporty bike that was first released by Lexmoto in 2019. Feathers include an upside-down form with an aluminum swingarm, and it’s available in a sporty red color. This bike has a top speed of 70 mph with a fuel economy of 80 mpg. It achieves an impressive 240 miles on a single full tank of gas. The seat height is a little taller at 31.5 inches and the wet weight of the machine is a bit heavy at 368 pounds.
2. Honda CB125R
The CB125R is a sporty and attractive bike that offers retro styling with a touch of the modern. Features include LED lighting all around with good brakes and suspension, wavy discs, and a sweet exhaust that is positioned under the bike for mass centralization. The latest model features a Showa SFF-BP fork, which is an upgrade with a new 124.9 cc engine that cranks more torque. The top speed of this 125 cc motorcycle is 75 mph. It gets 90 mpg for fuel economy with an average range of 220 miles on a full tank of gas. The seat is a generous height of 32.1 inches with a wet weight of 286 pounds that makes this bike one of the lighter options on the market today.
1. Yamaha YZFR125
The Yamaha YZF R125 was new in 2019 with a total overhaul. It’s one of Yamaha’s most popular 125 cc bikes featuring a sporty aesthetic and a learner-friendly platform. It has a sophisticated air with a new dash, tank, and chassis, a new variable valve timing engine, and a wider rear tire. It’s expensive, but most find it to be a value for the cost of what you get. The top speed is 80 mph with a fuel economy of 90 mpg and a range of 230 miles on a full tank of fuel. The seat is a healthy 32.5 inches in height and the motorcycle’s wet weight is 313 pounds.